Betula utilis 'Doorenbos' - pure white bark in winter
  • Betula utilis 'Doorenbos' - specimen tree
  • Betula utilis 'Doorenbos'
  • Betula utilis 'Doorenbos' - pure white bark in winter


Betula utilis 'Doorenbos'


(Himalayan Birch)  Betula utilis var jacquemontii 'Doorenbos' is a highly versatile birch which quickly develops superb silvery-white bark once established that can be grown as a single or multi-stemmed tree.

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A fantastic tree and one of our most popular Birch, Betula utilis var jacquemontii 'Doorenbos' is a slender, fast growing birch with particularly fine peeling white bark, even on quite young specimens. It can be grown as a single stemmed tree, but also makes an excellent multi-stemmed specimen.

Growing it in a multi-stemmed fashion also reduces the vigour and end size, making it an ideal tree for smaller gardens.

One of the very best Himalayan white birches, this is delightful as a standalone tree and even more striking when planted in groups, especially against a dark background (house wall, dark green hedge, etc).

Having planted many Birch in our gardens over the years, we find that young plants establish best as the tree habit will generally mature to suit your garden position better.

  • Position: Full sun or light, dappled shade.
  • Soil: Any fertile soil.
  • Hardiness: Hardy.
  • Rate of Growth: Vigorous (moderate if grown as a multi-stemmed tree)
  • Habit: Betula utilis 'Doorenbos'  grows to be a medium sized tree with a slender habit.
    • Height: 15 m (50 ft) / Smaller if grown as a multi-stemmed tree.
    • Spread: 10 m (32 ft)
  • IMPORTANT (Growing as a multi-stemmed tree):  2 or 3 Betula 'Doorenbos' can be planted together in the same hole to create and attractive multi-trunked look as they gradually fuse together at the base. Alternatively if you wish we can prune a single 'Doorenbos' back hard before sending it out to encourage it to grow with a vase-shaped multi-stemmed habit (branching will usually start 1 - 2 ft above ground level when pruned). 
  • The freshly pruned Betula which will grow with a multi-stemmed habit are young trees and are not for instant gratification. As young plants they usually establish well & quickly, but it will still be at least two to three years in the ground before a nice branching stucture develops and the trunk starts to turn pure silver-white.
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Data sheet

How Much Sun
Light Shade, Full Sun
Eventual Size
Tree - Small, Tree - Medium
Growing Conditions
Soil Type: Not Fussy, Soil Type: Acid, Soil Type: Alkaline, Special: Windy, Soil Type: Dry / Sandy
Special Features
Colourful Bark or Stems, Habit - Architectural